Nerstrand Big Woods’ Birds and Blooms

Sat, Apr 29 , 2017
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
9700 170th St E,
Nerstrand, MN 55053

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Our annual walk when spring flowers carpet the bluff-side woodlands, and resident and migrant birds may chatter as they fly around and about.

Come, see what has been, is, or soon will be in bloom.  We will walk down to and along Prairie Creek. Usually, but not always, spring ephemeral flowers far outnumber the migrants in this remnant of the Big Woods. Bloodroot, hepatica, wild ginger, trout lilies…  Woodpeckers, kinglets, creepers, bluebirds, other migrants… How far we travel along the creek depends, among other things, on the weather, interest, and water levels.

Special instructions

Meet in the large parking lot inside the entrance of Big Woods State Park. FEE AREA: Day pass or a MN State Park Annual Pass required..


  • Bring a 10-power loupe or borrow one from Chase.
  • Consider either or both flower and bird field guides.
  • Exercise your camera’s macro capabilities.
  • Bring a bag lunch and watch Bluebirds and Red-headed Woodpeckers while picnicking after the walk.


Take I-35 south from cities to Hwy 19 (east) into Northfield. Turn right (south) onto Hwy 3, go a very short way, then east onto Hwy 246. The road winds and turns a bit, then eventually goes south. Good signs indicate the right turn (west) onto Cty Rd 29 for the entrance to Big Woods State Park.


None required


Easy to Moderate with leisurely descent to Prairie Creek (includes some stairs) and return.


Chase Davies, 651-633-1663 or (email or call only if you need additional information)